How do I unclog a toilet like a drain expert?

by Dr. Dennis 727-265-1911
Expert in Sewerology

So here’s the story; you finish taking care of business so to speak and flush the toilet. Rather than water going down the the exit, disaster strikes and water rises in the bowl.

Many people laugh at the movie with Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels called “Dumb and Dumber” in the bathroom scene with Jeff Daniels and the broken toilet. Although that is an extreme interpretation and quite evil thanks to laxative abuse, the real deal happens quite frequently.

Here are some words of advice from Dr. Dennis…

Prevent the water from filling up the toilet bowl. If you’re worried that your toilet may become Niagra Falls and dispense water all over your bathroom floor, quickly lift the lid off the back of the toilet, roll up your sleeve and press down on the flapper. The flapper is the device that controls the flow of water from the tank to the bowl on your toilet.

A good plunger makes all the difference. Now that you’ve stopped the swirrling jacuzzi from generously offering extra water flow, you can concentrate on future problems. First things first, time to get a good plunger. A plunger works best if you have a good seal between the plunger and the exit of the toilet. Plungers that have a flange or an extention off the end of the cup work best.

A flange type plunger
Flange plunger

The correct way to plunge a toilet. The flange plunger is designed to create a good seal between the plunger and the toilet exit hole. It is important to both have a good pushing as well as sucking when plunging. Moving the water in two directions allows the objects to begin flowing. Remove the plunger from the bowl (you can leave the plunger in the bowl, but allow water to exit) and flush the toilet again. If the water leaves the bowl, then a congratulations is in order, you’ve done your job correctly! If water begins to fill the bowl, close the flapper again and repeat the plunging.

Toilet augers are useful for those really really difficult clogs. A toilet auger is a snake like device that goes around corners and pushes and/or breaks up…well…stuff.

Toilet Auger

Using an auger is fairly simple. Just stick the snake down the hole and start cranking the auger. Hopefully the auger will simply allow the object(s) to make their way down the drain. If you feel like you’ve caught the critter, you know, the action figure, the race car, the part of the doll that has been missing for days, the cell phone that your child has misplaced, then simply reel it up and dispose of properly.

Call your drain expert or plumber. When all else has failed, call your drain expert. If you’re located in St. Pete, Clearwater or anywhere in Pinellas county, FL, Dr. Dennis (727-265-1911) (a self-appointed doctor of sewerology) can likely come out within the hour and clear those difficult drain problems. Tree roots or other debris do not stand a chance against me. I can come help you with your drain issue and have a good sense of humor. I’m polite, enjoy helping people and can solve issues that others simply cannot. One-call, one-guy, one-van and your drain clog is gone! Call the best!


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